No Man is An Island

We think being free is about gaining the power to do what we want when we want. Free will is not about being independent of others.

My freedom is not fully free when left to itself. It becomes so when it is brought unto right relation with the freedom of another. – Thomas Merton, from No Man is An Island

No man is an island

Entire of itself

Each is a piece of the continent

A part of the main

If a clod be washed away by the sea

Europe is the less

As well as if a promontory were

As well as if a manner of thine own

Or of thine friend’s were

Each man’s death diminishes me,

For I am involved in mankind

Therefore, send not to know

For whom the bell tolls

It tolls for thee.

– John Donne


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